Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:

People walk amid rain and wind in front of JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on Sept. 17, 2021. Typhoon Chanthu made landfall on the nation's southwestern main island of Kyushu in the evening. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17

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Photo taken on Sept. 15, 2021, shows a building housing a Panasonic Corp. showroom on the north side of JR Osaka Station in western Japan. The Japanese electronics giant has decided to close Panasonic Center Osaka by the end of fiscal 2021 through next March in view of dwindling customer traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources close to the move. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS)" multilingual hotline
    - Available in Simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Khmer, and Burmese, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays except national holidays. 
    0120-296-004 (toll free)

  • AMDA Medical Information Center's "Multilingual Consultation Service"
    - Available in Simple Japanese and English, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese on designated weekdays. Check schedule here.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's COVID-19 info

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments

  • Japan National Tourism Organization's "Guide for when you are feeling ill"
    - Multilingual clinic/hospital search available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese

  • JNTO's "Japan Visitor Hotline"
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
    (from overseas)

  • Japan's health ministry hotline
    - Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"